MONTREAL - Bernard Hopkins turned back the clock and astounded the partisan 17,750 crowd in attendance as he made history by defeating Jean Pascal and taking his WBC and IBO light heavyweight boxing titles. By doing so, he became the oldest boxer to become a world champion at 46 yrs old, beating George Foreman’s record of 45.
The bout started cautiously with both combatants content to feel each other out, but in the third Hopkins opened up with his lead right hand, which remained effective throughout the bout. Pascal rallied, becoming aggressive and smashing Hopkins with a great right hand to close the 4th.
As the bout passed mid rounds, Hopkins began to exert control, using his stunning lead right hand to great effect as Pascal looked tired. 2 flash knockdowns against Pascal were missed by the referee during this period. Towards the championship rounds, it became apparent that the fight was well and truly slipping away from Pascal and he needed to win the last 2 rounds comprehensively to be a chance of victory.
Hopkins used his wily skills and lead right to frustrate Pascal in the 11th. Then, in the 12th round, Pascal rocked Hopkins with a big right hand, but couldn’t finish his man, effectively handing the victory to Bernard Hopkins by UD, 115-113, 116-114, 115-114. With this victory, Hopkins moves to 52-5-2 (32), while Pascal drops to 26-2-0 (16).
In undercard action, Chad Dawson was relatively untroubled by Adrian Diconau, winning by unanimous decision 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112.